Direct Free Kick

The Direct Free Kick(DFK) indicates to everyone that the ball does not need to be touched by any other player to be in play. The signal by the referee is simple, they stand at attention and raise the arm to a 45degree angle in the direction of the free kick. This signal has a dual

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Positioning & Dynamic Movement

During a recent training session in Penn/Trafford, I demonstrated positioning and dynamic movement with the help of Ashley Smyda and Jason Caruso. It is very important for referees to have an angle of view and good positioning to see. With these 2 elements, referees will have a better chance to see and have a clear

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Corner Kick Mechanic

The signal for the corner kick occurs when the ball passes over the goal line last touched by a defender. The Assistant Referee needs to be in position to make the call and must be on the goal line. Once the ball passes over the goal line last touched by a defender, the Assistant Referee

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Goal Kick Mechanic

The signal for a goal kick occurs when the ball has passed over the goal line last touched by an attacker. The Assistant Referee needs to be in position to make the call. Once the ball passes over the goal line, the Assistant Referee raises his flag as seen below. Note: If the ball passes

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Offside Mechanics

There are 2 signals for each offside decision and there are 3 different signals for offside—Far side of the field, middle of the field and near side of the field. Each one indicates where the player was declared offside. Below are the correct signals. Before each offside, the Assistant Referee raise their flag straight up

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In Preparation for State Cup

As we approach State Cup Competition, referees must be prepared just as the players. Unfortunately, the players are practicing multiple times per week getting ready to play. These are important games for not only the players, but for the coaches, parents and spectators. The question is, ARE YOU PREPARED? How to prepare. Know your assignments

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Corner Kick Positioning

Corner Kick

Corner kicks are a very important for both teams. For one, there can be as many as 22 players, yes, including the opposing GK in the penalty area which if you recall from your entry level class is 44 yards wide and 18 yards deep. With that said, it is very important that the referee

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Field Positioning – The Goal Kick

Positioning, as in every situation needs to be “intelligent” and “flexible”. What we learn in our entry level class and the information in the Law book is only a guide for you to become familiar with the basic points of positioning. Remember, the game is constantly changing as you referee and we, as referees, need

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